The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh

The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh

A Walk Through the Forest That Inspired the Hundred Acre Wood

Book - 2015
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Loved "Goodbye Christopher Robin"? Learn more about the real place that inspired the beloved stories.

Delve into the home of the world's most beloved bear! The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh explores the magical landscapes where Pooh, Christopher Robin, and their friends live and play. The Hundred Acre Wood--the setting for Winnie-the-Pooh's adventures--was inspired by Ashdown Forest, a wildlife haven that spans more than 6,000 acres in southeast England. In the pages of this enchanting book you can visit the ancient black walnut tree on the edge of the forest that became Pooh's house, go deep into the pine trees to find Poohsticks Bridge, and climb up to the top of the enchanted Galleons Lap, where Pooh says goodbye to Christopher Robin. You will discover how Milne's childhood connection with nature and his role as a father influenced his famous stories, and how his close collaboration with illustrator E. H. Shepard brought those stories to life. This charming book also serves as a guide to the plants, animals, and places of the remarkable Ashdown Forest, whether you are visiting in person or from the comfort of your favorite armchair. In a delightful narrative, enriched with Shepard's original illustrations, hundreds of color photographs, and Milne's own words, you will rediscover your favorite characters and the magical place they called home.

Publisher: Portland, Oregon : Timber Press, ©2015.
ISBN: 9781604695991
Characteristics: 307 pages :,illustrations (some colour) ;,24 cm


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Jan 12, 2018

This is another literary pilgrimage book: something to add to the altar of Pooh-worship. However, the last third of the book actually lives up to its title, and is worth the whole rest of adoring Pooh-repeating pages beforehand. As others have remarked, we can all re-read Pooh for ourselves, so the bulk of the first 2/3 of the book is most likely fluff Aalto's editor made her add to make the book fatter. The natural history section, especially from an American perspective on British cultural relationships with the environment, is fascinating. Aalto, in very american-fashion, can't get over the fact that Ashdown Forest has very few trees in it, and is, in fact regularly weeded of its trees. This book goes far into answering the question "Why do Americans find Britain so Cute?" (Hint: Perspective is everything.)

Beatricksy Jan 20, 2017

The author is too fascinated by her own prose, I fear. Two to three pages at a time are just retellings of the Pooh stories, in her own words, with plucky adjectives deposited here and there, presumably to add flavor. But if I wanted to read Pooh, wouldn't I rather read Milne himself? The pictures are lovely, but the book itself is too breezy, making hugely general claims about children and locations, and it thinks its assumptions are gold. The book also fizzles out at the end, lacking a solid conclusion. Flip through a library copy to see the pictures (big, huge, full color ones for the most part, some of which are gorgeous full page spreads), and skim the paragraphs here and there (I find the most valuable ones to be the historical chapters early on), but don't add it to a personal collection unless you addicted to all things Milne and Pooh.

ArapahoeBridget Aug 06, 2016

An excellent choice if you're in the mood to reminisce about Winnie the Pooh. It's filled with original illustrations, excerpts from the books, and lovely photographs of the landscapes that inspired the stories.

Jul 25, 2016

You have to know when to just skip some of the text but the pictures and most of the writing is delightful.

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